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The Bat-eared Fox is a small canid; both diurnal and nocturnal, and an avid hunter … of termites! Yup, they really are designed (adapted) to find, follow, and eat Harvester Termites (often called Harvester Ants). The ears are splayed out horizontally and, with the head down, act like oversized hearing aids when listening for the termites in the night. They might also eat beetles, other bugs, and occasional fruit; but termites are the creatures that have driven the evolution of these diminutive creatures.
The Harvester Termites are an ancient form of termite. They do not build mounds but do excavate a large convoluted series of tunnels and chambers under the ground in which they live and breed. They gather their vegetation from the surface and bring it back to the colony site. The termites are both diurnal and nocturnal.